Statement

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Religion was never something I believed in; it was just something I did.

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I was more terrified to make the journey to Topeka, Kansas than the adventure I made to India my first half of the summer.

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Before I wanted to be a princess, ballerina, fashion designer, writer, “happy,” I wanted to be “success.”

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Think on this: for every freestanding moment in the doldrums, there’s another freestanding moment at the peak. Maybe you’ve experienced it already. Maybe you haven’t. But all of those moments exist.

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For all the countless hours spent to mold and mend my mind into standardized testing, I had no answer for the very first question in the crisp, white booklet in front of me.

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In that dreadful moment of betrayal, in the moment when her voice rumbled out and didn’t reassure me, I knew that it wasn’t the numbers that mattered.

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Mental illness is much more pervasive than many of us know. This is something I didn’t realize until I came to the University as a freshman last year.

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"We've talked about starting a frittata stand before — but now I don't eat eggs. But the idea being that you could do a stand or cart with little ramekins and make your own frittatas.
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I’ve always had minimum-wage jobs since I got my working papers. And, to be honest, I have learned just as much from working minimum-wage jobs as I have sitting in classes.

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Fiddling with life aspirations and career possibilities is a habit of most daydreaming underclassmen. But by the time senior year hits, reality sets in: professional success is no longer an elusive figment of the future, but a rapidly approaching goal — a must.